True North

Broadcasted on ICI Radio-Canada Télé

True North is the untold story of the Quebec Laurentians (Canada). Prepare for a gripping, hyper-realistic drama of the struggles of a hopeful people, as they cultivate the wild land they must colonize. The heart-wrenching love-triangle between innocent, strong Donalda, her beloved, Alexis, Ste-Adèle’s village hero, and greedy Séraphin, the mayor’s usurary son, show the resilience of the brave against a backdrop of scheming politics. The earthy priest, Curé Labelle, keeps moral order and inspires hope for the poor. He has big plans for a national railroad, to develop the North, bring back the youth draining to the U.S. for work, and political aspirations to link together the French colonies as a stronghold against English Canada.


Six months have passed. While Donalda (Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse) is weakened by a hard ordeal, Séraphin (Vincent Leclerc), who has regained her strength and thirst for power, is still haunted by the shocking revelation of Bidou (Rémi-Pierre Paquin). He immediately launches into a ruthless war full of tricks and violence to destroy his lifelong rival: Alexis (Maxime Le Flaguais). Even Father Labelle (Antoine Bertrand), back from Rome with the impressive title of prothonotary of the papacy, understands that he must become a bishop if he wants to oppose Seraphim's insatiable ambition. With the support of Arthur Buies (Paul Doucet), he tries to obtain his diocese, but the plots of Bishop Fabre (Pascal Rollin) to prevent him from doing so are numerous and always unpredictable. While the entire North was bubbling with energy and yearning for emancipation, the many characters of the COUNTRIES D'EN HAUT persevered, each in his own way, in the great adventure of colonization.


Program info

  • Format
    10 episodes
  • Genre
  • Year
  • Broadcaster
    ICI Radio-Canada Télé
  • Director
    Sylvain Archambault
  • Writer
    Gilles Desjardins
  • Producers
    Sophie Deschênes, François Rozon


Vincent Leclerc, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Maxime Le Flaguais, Antoine Bertrand, Julie Le Breton, Paul Doucet, Julien Poulin, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé, Michel Charrette, Roger Léger, Rémi-Pierre Paquin, Claude Despins, Marie-Ève Milot, Pierre Mailloux, Madeleine Péloquin, Alexis Lefebvre, Sonia Vachon, Fabien Cloutier, Paul Savoie, André Kasper, Jacques Allard, Kim Despatis, Josée Beaulieu, Pascal Rollin, Romane Denis, Florence Longpré, Jean Maheux.


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